Women in Football celebrate 10th anniversary




FWA vice chair Vikki Orvice was among 150 guests who celebrated the tenth anniversary of Women in Football during a gala evening at the House of Lords earlier this month.

Vikki was a founder member of the networking and campaigning group, which also includes prominent FWA members such as Jacqui Oatley and Lucy Pepper.

Lord Faulkner hosted the event on the riverside terrace bar at the House of Lords on October 2, and special guests included Dame Heather Rabbatts, the FA’s first female director.

After WiF chair Anna Kessel’s introductory speech, Jacqui Oatley introduced a special panel of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, referee Lucy Oliver and Galatasaray executive Ebru Köksal. The trio shared their experiences in football with great honesty, integrity and warmth, and also paid tribute to WiF as an organisation.

Eva said:”Women in Football is refreshingly disinterested in politically correct statements or self-serving agendas. It is uncompromisingly committed to learning about, supporting and transforming the experience of women that work in the sport we all love.”

Elizabeth Nyamayaro, UN Director of the HeForShe campaign, flew in from New York and spoke with passionately about the “magic of sport” and also the importance of empowering women.

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